We were delighted have Luke off work ALL WEEK the week of July 4th.
While we would have loved to take the kids to Florida or Mexico or somewhere tropical…Our budget decided for us that we’d have a nice little family staycation. It was actually a really fun, relaxed, busy week (if it’s possible to have busy and relaxed at the same time).
Grace had just gotten home from camp. She was pooped. But we were glad to have her home!
On Sunday evening, June 30, the fun began! We first went with our Perry friends to Grand Haven to enjoy Josh Wilson’s music at Worship on the Waterfront.
And we had ice cream afterward – yum.
The next day, we enjoyed putt-putt golfing in Grandville. It was a little course at someone’s house (which was, admittedly, a little weird), but we got a cheap Groupon. And it was our kids’ first time, so it really didn’t matter how nice the course was!
They all did well, though we kind of rushed to get done at the end.
There was a gloomy/rainy day that week, so we took the kiddos to the theatre – a treat for sure! We watched The Croods, which was really cute. (There was a very inappropriate Pepsi commercial during the previews, in which Beyonce was dancing very seductively and wearing next to nothing…I could write a whole post about how disgusted I am that something like that would play at a children’s movie. [For the record, all of our kids covered their eyes. Voluntarily. I was so proud of them.]…The movie itself was cute, though!)
After the parade, Ada has free activities for the kids (bounce houses, rides, etc), and Ava decided that she would skip the rides and stand in line for the climbing wall! We were shocked! Caleb wanted to do it, too, so they stood in line with Luke while I took the other two to the bouncy things.
We were so proud of them for their courage!
We had friends over for lunch, and went to the fireworks that evening…Definitely a successful Fourth of July!
To cap off our family vacation, we signed up for a three-day pass to our local sportsplex (a sort of trial membership). The kids especially loved the pool area. They have a zero entry pool, splashpad, deeper pool, obstacle course (that they weren’t strong enough swimmers to attempt), and two big water slides. If it wasn’t outrageously expensive, I’d totally get a membership to this place!
We are thankful to God for providing a week of good, quality family time! These are memories we’ll cherish as our kiddos grow older.